TRAHA 2018 Winner Announced
This year's Theodore Roosevelt American History Award was awarded to Megan Griffiths (Leiden) for her thesis on the Salem witchcraft 'crisis' of the 1690s.
Griffiths' thesis emerged from a highly competitive field, yet stood out for the persuasiveness of her argument, her command of the source material, and the clarity of her writing. The jury praised the extraordinarly ambitious character of her thesis, which sought to offer an original interpretation to one of the most notorious episodes in the history of colonial North America.
The jury also awarded an honorary mention to Heleen Blommers, for her thesis "From a War on Poverty to a War on the Poor: How Poverty Programs Caused Resentment, 1964-1968."
The prize consists of a bust of Theodore Roosevelt, and a visit to Roosevelt's old ranching-grounds in North Dakota. The full jury report can be read here.